(From the publisher):
It was all of twenty years since Alicia Parnell last saw Sturrenden. While she was still a schoolgirl a jilted boyfriend had killed himself, and her parents had tactfully moved away from that corner of Kent. Nevertheless the old crowd were delighted to welcome her when she turned up out of the blue one day. Just why she'd come back, no-one could guess.
But within hours Alicia was found strangled in her room at the Black Swan. And for Inspector Thanet - who had known all of them since his youth - there were special problems. Could he have lived most of his life alongside someone who harboured a grudge so strong that only Alicia's death could settle the matter? Or would his investigations turn up fresh scandals, a murky undercurrent to life in that placid old market town of which even he had been blissfully - and tragically - ignorant?
Original title: Last Seen Alive
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Police Procedural